|
|
|
|
|
4th Shawwal 1435 | Friday, Aug 01, 2014
Entertainment

Royal hoax call Aus radio presenters taken off air

Saturday, 8 December 2012
Comments(0)
Melbourne, December 08:

Two Australian radio presenters who made a prank call inquiring about the medical condition of a pregnant Kate Middleton have been taken off air, a day after an Indian-origin nurse who transferred their hoax call was
found dead in a suspected suicide.

The unconscious body of Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found yesterday morning at an address yards away from King Edward VII Hospital in London.

The CEO of the company that owns embattled radio station '2Day FM' has defended the presenters involved in the royal prank phone call, saying there was no way they could have foreseen the tragic outcome of their actions, the Australian Associated Press reported.

Rhys Holleran, CEO of Southern Cross Austereo, said the presenters behind the call, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, were "completely shattered" by the nurse's death.

The radio station has pulled the pair off air, he said, as a mark of respect.

Jacintha answered the hoax call at 5.30am on Wednesday morning, and was helping out on reception at the time of the
prank. Giggling DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian were pretending to be the British Queen and Prince Charles and
asked her if they could be put through to Kate.

Jacintha connected them to another nurse who gave details of Kate's condition, who was suffering from acute morning
sickness at the London hospital.

The exact cause of death remained unclear. However, media has indicated that the woman appeared to have killed herself.

Holleran refused to specify whether the nurse's permission was sought before the segment aired, or at what point the company obtained legal advice.

He described the nurse's death as "a tragic event that could not have reasonably been foreseen ... we are confident
we haven't done anything illegal".

News of the nurse's death has prompted a furious outpouring against the radio station and the two presenters
involved.

Holleran did not however say if Austereo was now concerned about losing its broadcasting licence.

-------------------------------PTI

Latest News

KCR wants authentic survey of Telangana families

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday asked officials to ensure that the proposed "Intensive ...

E-rickshaws to never stop in Delhi, opposition indulging in dirty politics

Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Satish Upadhyay said here on Friday that the party full ...

BJP finds fault with TRS govt on fees reimbursement issue

Finding fault with the TRS government in Telangana over the students' tuition fees reimbursement iss ...

Related News

Jolie and Brad Pitt exchanged handwritten love letters while filming abroad

Angelina Jolie recently revealed that she and Brad Pitt wrote handwritten love letters to each other ...

China to produce its own 'Avatar'

China is preparing to produce its own 3D fantasy movie, based on romantic folklore, to make it an epic on par with the US blockbuster scienc ...

Trishakti” Audio Album Released

The mixture of “Paata Madhuram, Maata Madhuram and Sangeetham Madhuram” is “Trishakti” Audio Album, observed “Melody Queen of Sout ...

Post new comment

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Copy the characters (respecting upper/lower case) from the image.

Rs. 27710 (Per 10g)

Opinion Poll
Do you think World Powers are powerless in preventing Israel's offences against Palestine?
YesNoCan't say

Matrimony | Photos | Videos | Search | Polls | Archives | Advertise | Letters

© The Siasat Daily, 2012. All rights reserved.
Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Abids, Hyderabad - 500001, AP, India
Tel: +91-40-24744180, Fax: +91-40-24603188
contact@siasat.com